A whole-school approach

Bullying is less likely to occur in a caring, respectful and supportive teaching and learning community.

Elements that contribute to a planned whole-school approach

The following nine evidence-based elements help schools implement a planned whole-school approach to promote student safety and wellbeing and to prevent and respond to bullying, when it does happen.

Leadership commitment

School leaders work to establish approaches and procedures that promote a positive school climate in which bullying is less likely to occur.

Supportive and connected school culture

Bullying is less likely in a culture that actively promotes positive, caring relationships among students and staff and between the school and home.

Policies and procedures

Successfully preventing and responding to bullying requires clear and widely communicated  anti-bullying strategies and practices.

Professional learning

Staff training builds the capacity of school staff by developing knowledge, skills and strategies to prevent and respond to bullying.

Positive behaviour support

Effective whole-school approaches provide a framework for schools to support positive behaviour for all students and for groups of students or individual students who require more intensive and individualised support.

Engagement, skill development and curriculum

Student engagement, the school curriculum and teaching cooperative and relational skills which support appropriate social and emotional behaviour are interrelated features of safe and supportive schools.

A focus on student wellbeing and student ownership

Wellbeing contributes significantly to the learning outcomes of students. Encouraging student voice promotes the important role students play in developing a positive school culture.

Early intervention and targeted support

Identifying 'at risk' students and providing support before an issue emerges or escalates helps to build and maintain a safe environment.

Partnerships with families and community

Effective schools have high levels of parental and community involvement. This involvement is strongly related to improved student learning, attendance and behaviour.

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